Friday, February 23, 2024

Batten down the hatches: Overnight wind warning in effect for Greater Victoria


Environment Canada announced there will be a wind warning in effect for the Victoria area Thursday morning. 

Strong winds are to be expected through Wednesday evening and overnight for the Southern Gulf Islands as well as the Greater Victoria area. Southeast gusts are going to be around 70 km/h with gusts of up to 90 km/h.

“A cold front will track across Vancouver Island tonight,” said Environment Canada.

“Ahead of the front, strong southeast winds will develop over Greater Victoria and Southern Gulf Islands late this evening.”

“The strongest winds are expected over eastern sections of the city near Haro Strait and Southern Gulf Islands.”

Environment Canada says that the winds will shift by the early hours of Thursday morning. 

The overnight low without accounting for windchill factor is 3 degrees with a 60% chance of showers and the high on both Wednesday and Thursday is 6 degrees. 

(Environment Canada)

The last wind warning that Victoria faced resulted in power outages across Vancouver Island and many communities in the Southern Gulf Islands are still struggling to get their lights on. 


​​Greater Victoria could see wind gusts up to 90 km/h Tuesday night

The Canadian weather agency recommends not parking your vehicle near trees or loose objects as the winds may break branches or toss loose items that could result in damage.

It is best to avoid parking near power lines and light standards as they have, on occasion, been felled by wind storms in the past.

Curtis Blandy

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